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New Culinary Adventures Await at The Living Room!

Are you ready to embark on a gastronomic journey like no other? We’re thrilled to unveil our tantalizing new menu creations, meticulously crafted by our culinary maestro, Chef Stefan Đukanović. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a fusion of flavors inspired by the vibrant cuisines of Asia, as well as the culinary traditions of Europe, with influences from France and Italy!

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Breakfast Bliss: CUE Granola Galore

Start your day on a delicious note with our CUE Granola – a delightful blend of oatmeal, almonds, walnuts, and a medley of dried fruits, topped with creamy yogurt and drizzled with forest fruit sauce. And yes, you read that right – strawberry ice cream for breakfast! It’s a sweet treat you won’t want to miss.

Aperitifs & Salads: Mediterranean Marvels

Indulge in the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean with our Fried Calamari, served with a dollop of creamy mayonnaise and a hint of squid ink for that extra depth of flavor. For something lighter, our Italian Bruschetta is a perfect choice, topped with pesto, eggs, salsa, prosciutto, and juicy tomatoes. But must emphasize, don’t miss out on our Kinoa Spinach Power Salad – a nutritious powerhouse packed with quinoa, spinach, rocket, pomegranate, and creamy feta cheese.

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Pasta Perfection: Spaghetti Mare Monte

For pasta lovers, our Spaghetti Mare Monte is a must-try. Dive into a bowl of perfectly cooked spaghetti tossed with succulent shrimps, earthy mushrooms, and caramelized onions – a true taste of the sea and the mountains combined.

Main Course Marvels: Flavors of the Far East and France

Experience the bold and exotic flavors of Asia with our Honey Turkey, featuring tender turkey pieces stir-fried with an array of colorful vegetables and coated in a mouthwatering orange, soy, and sweet-spicy sauce. Or indulge in the smoky goodness of our BBQ Ribs, served with crispy baked potatoes, and slathered in a rich BBQ sauce with a hint of soy. Or just simply go with Cordon TLR featuring succulent pork wrapped in layers of prosciutto, creamy mozzarella, and delicate chard, all perfectly complemented by golden potatoes and earthy mushrooms.

For a taste of luxury, opt for our Sous Vide Veal or Beef Stir Fry – both bursting with savory flavors and served with indulgent accompaniments.

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Seafood Sensations: Sea Bass Fillet

For seafood aficionados, our new Sea Bass Fillet is a true delight. Savor the delicate flavor of perfectly cooked sea bass, served with roasted sweet potato, pumpkin, olives, and creamy avocado for a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Experience The Living Room Like Never Before

Join us at The Living Room and experience a culinary adventure like never before. Our new menu is a testament to Chef Stefan’s passion for innovation and his dedication to creating unforgettable dining experiences for our guests. Whether you’re craving classic comforts or daring flavors from distant lands, there’s something to delight every palate at The Living Room. Come hungry, leave inspired!

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Winter in Montenegro

Montenegro, a country known for its stunning Adriatic coastline and rugged mountains, transforms into a winter wonderland as the colder months set in. Often overshadowed by its summer allure, winter in Montenegro is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Enhance your winter journey by staying at Hotel CUE Podgorica, where comfort and elegance meet, providing a perfect base to explore the winter charms of Montenegro.  

Skijaši na ski stazama Kolašina, Crna Gora

Kolašin: Montenegro’s Winter Sports Paradise 

 

Nestled in the heart of Montenegro’s mountainous region, Kolašin emerges as a premier destination for winter sports enthusiasts. This charming town, surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Bjelasica Mountains, becomes a snowy haven in winter. Kolašin is renowned for its ski resorts, such as Kolašin 1450 and 1600, which offer excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all skill levels. The well-groomed slopes, modern facilities, and breathtaking panoramic views make it a perfect spot for a winter getaway. Apart from skiing, Kolašin also offers opportunities for snowshoeing, sledging, and enjoying the serene beauty of the snow-covered landscapes. The town itself, with its traditional Montenegrin architecture and cosy restaurants serving local cuisine, provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere that completes the winter experience in Montenegro. 

Borovi prekriveni snijegom iznad Crnog jezera, Nacionalni park Durmitor

The Snowy Peaks of Durmitor National Park 

Winter in Montenegro is synonymous with snow-capped mountains and skiing adventures. Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a prime destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The park’s highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, and the ski resort of Žabljak provide excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty. 

Panoramski pogled na Bokokotorski zaliv, Crna Gora

Kotor’s Winter Charm 

The coastal town of Kotor, famous for its medieval architecture and UNESCO-protected bay, takes on a special charm in winter. The crowds of summer tourists dwindle, allowing visitors to wander the cobblestone streets and explore the historic sites, like the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, in peace. The cooler weather is perfect for hiking the fortress walls, offering stunning views of the bay and town. 

The Peaceful Shores of the Adriatic 

Winter is a tranquil time to visit the Montenegrin coast. Cities like Budva, Bar, and Herceg Novi offer mild temperatures and sunny days, ideal for strolls along the beach, devoid of the summer crowds. The seaside cafés and restaurants offer cosy spots to enjoy the local cuisine and stunning sea views. 

Spa Retreats for Relaxation 

For those seeking relaxation, Montenegro’s spa resorts offer a warm escape from the winter chill. The natural hot springs and luxurious spas, especially in towns like Igalo, are known for their therapeutic properties and offer a range of treatments to rejuvenate the body and mind. 

Montenegro in winter is a season full of undiscovered beauty and charm, offering snow-filled mountain adventures, peaceful coastal walks, and cultural festivities for a quieter yet enchanting experience. Whether you’re an avid skier, a culture enthusiast, or just seeking a serene getaway, Montenegro’s winter season and the cosy ambience of Hotel CUE Podgorica provide a unique and memorable escape for travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-path European winter destination. 

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Montenegro's UNESCO Heritage Sites

Montenegro’s UNESCO sites are a testament to its rich history and breathtaking natural landscapes. Let’s explore these marvels in detail. 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Montenegro

Montenegro, a gem in the heart of the Balkans, is a tapestry of historical narratives and natural splendors. With its captivating UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this country offers a journey through time and nature. This blog, brought to you by CUE Podgorica, a premier hotel in Montenegro’s capital, invites you on an enchanting adventure to explore these sites, each a chapter in the story of human and natural history. 

UNESCO Heritage Sites are globally recognized for their outstanding universal value, showcasing human genius or natural beauty. They represent the pinnacle of our planet’s cultural and natural heritage. A site must meet stringent criteria set by UNESCO, reflecting its significance in terms of history, culture, aesthetics, or scientific importance. These sites are not just tourist destinations; they embody the essence of human civilization and natural wonders, deserving preservation for posterity. 

Kotor Bay, a UNESCO Heritage Site
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Kotor Bay

Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor, a dramatic union of mountainous terrain and the Adriatic Sea, boasts well-preserved medieval architecture. The Old Town of Kotor, a fortified city, is a labyrinth of historical treasures. 

The Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, a symbol of Kotor’s faith and resilience, and the ancient city walls, offering panoramic views of the bay, are must-visits. The blend of Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque architecture in this area showcases a rich historical tapestry. The heritage site also includes rustic settlements of Perast and Risan, as well as the two islets – The Island of St. George and The Lady of the Rocks. 

The bay has been an important artistic and commercial center with its renowned schools of masonry and iconography. The intricate carvings and frescoes in the churches are a testament to this rich artistic heritage. 

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor, a UNESCO-listed site, is a stunning display of nature’s artistry. It encompasses towering mountains, deep gorges, and dense forests. Home to diverse wildlife, including bears, wolves, and rare bird species, the park is a biodiversity hotspot. 

The Tara River Canyon, within the park, is a haven for rafting enthusiasts and nature lovers and is the deepest canyon in Europe, the 2nd deepest in the world. The high plateau of Durmitor is called “Jezerska površ“ (Plateaus of Lakes) because of its 18 stunning lakes. Their captivating beauty earned them the nickname “Mountain Eyes“, and the most beautiful of the eyes are those of the Black Lake. Black Lake is a phenomenal destination for hiking and recreation and the absolute highlight of Durmitor. Because of all that, Durmitor is locally known as “the director of all mountains”.  

This site also showcases the harmonious relationship between humans and nature. Traditional pastoralism, practiced in the region, reflects sustainable living in harmony with the environment. 

Alt Tag: Durmitorski planinski lanac u Crnoj Gori
Alt Tag: Stećci, nadgrobni spomenici pod zaštitom UNESKA u Crnoj Gori

Stećci - Medieval Tombstones

The Stećci, scattered across Montenegro, are monumental tombstones dating back to the 12th to 16th centuries. They are remarkable for their unique decorative motifs and inscriptions. 

These tombstones reveal a lot about the medieval Christian communities in the Balkans, their beliefs, social structures, and artistic expressions. The motifs on these stones range from simple crosses and swords to intricate interlace patterns, reflecting a fusion of various cultural influences. 

Protecting these stones from weathering and human interference is a key concern. Their remote locations add to the challenges of conservation.  

Three of the recorded 107 stećak sites in Montenegro are protected UNESCO World Heritage sites – two in Žabljak and one in Plužine.  

Venetian Works of Defense

These fortifications, built by the Venetian Republic, demonstrate advanced military architecture of their time. They were crucial in safeguarding the maritime interests of the Republic. There are 6 Venetian fortifications in total (Italy, Croatia and Montenegro), and the Fortified City of Kotor is the oldest one. 

Exploring these sites offers insight into the military strategies and architectural advancements of the Venetian era. They are also a reminder of the tumultuous history of this region, marked by conflicts and trade. 

These sites serve not only as tourist attractions but also as educational platforms, providing insights into historical military architecture and urban planning. 

Kotorske zidine, dio Venecijanskih odbrambenog sistema

Conservation and Tourism

Montenegro’s commitment to conserving these sites is evident in its various preservation initiatives. It involves local communities, international experts, and government bodies. The challenge lies in promoting sustainable tourism that allows visitors to experience these wonders without compromising their integrity. This involves regulating visitor numbers, providing education on conservation, and developing infrastructure that minimizes environmental impact. CUE Podgorica, a Green Key Member, considers taking care of the environment of paramount importance. 

Montenegro’s UNESCO sites are a blend of historical narratives and natural wonders. As we leave these sites, we carry with us a renewed appreciation for our shared heritage. Start your journey at CUE Podgorica, where every adventure into Montenegro’s rich history and stunning landscapes begins. 

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The Splendors of Biogradska Gora National Park

Nestled in the heart of Montenegro, Biogradska Gora National Park stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of nature. This hidden gem, one of Europe’s last three primeval forests, offers a unique blend of ecological diversity, cultural heritage, and breathtaking landscapes. Thinking of going on holiday in Montenegro? Podgorica is a perfect place for staying and being close to both southern and northern regions. We recommend staying at CUE Podgorica, one of the best hotels the country has offer. 

Landscape of Biograd Lake, Montenegro

A Journey Through Ancient Woodlands 

 Biogradska Gora’s most striking feature is its virgin forest. The park is home to trees that are over 500 years old, creating a canopy that teems with life and history. As you walk through these ancient woodlands, you’re treading a path that has remained untouched for centuries. The forest is a haven for botanists, with over 2000 plant species, some of which are endemic to the region. 

 The park is not only a paradise for plant lovers but also a sanctuary for wildlife. It houses a variety of fauna, including the rare European brown bear, wolves, and over 150 bird species. The diversity of the ecosystem here is astounding – from the lush forest floors to the clear, serene lakes that dot the landscape. 

Stream near the Virgin Rainforest of Biogradska Gora, Montenegro

The Heart of the Park: Biogradsko Lake 

At the centre of the park lies the stunning Biogradsko Lake. Encircled by forest and meadow, it’s a perfect spot for picnics, photography, or simply basking in the tranquillity of nature. The lake’s crystal-clear waters reflect the surrounding mountains and sky, creating a scene straight out of a fairytale. 

Hiking and Adventure Awaits 

For the adventurous at heart, Biogradska Gora offers numerous hiking trails. These range from easy walks around Biogradsko Lake to more challenging treks up the surrounding peaks. Each trail offers a unique perspective of the park’s landscape and wildlife. For those seeking a more thrilling experience, mountain biking and camping are also popular activities. 

Cultural Heritage 

The park is not just about natural beauty. It’s also steeped in cultural history. Visitors can explore traditional wooden huts, known as ‘katuns’, which are still used by local shepherds. These huts provide insight into the lifestyle and traditions of Montenegro’s highlanders. 

Sustainable Tourism 

Biogradska Gora is a model for sustainable tourism. The park management works tirelessly to preserve this natural wonder while making it accessible to visitors. By visiting, you’re not only enjoying its beauty but also contributing to its conservation. 

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a culture buff, or an adventure seeker, Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro offers something for everyone. To make the most of your visit, plan ahead for accommodations and park activities. Remember to respect the natural environment and leave no trace of your visit behind.  

Annual ticket for all five National Parks in Montenegro is 13.50 euros and you can buy it here. 

Panoramic View of Biogradsko Lake in Montenegro
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Cetinje: Old Royal Capital of Montenegro

Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, is a city where the echoes of the past meet the vibrancy of the present. Located in a picturesque valley beneath Mount Lovćen, Cetinje is not just a historical city but a living museum, showcasing Montenegro’s rich cultural and historical heritage. All that just 30 minutes driving from CUE Podgorica.

Cetinje, The Old Royal Capital of Montenegro

Historical Significance Cetinje’s foundation in the 15th century marked the beginning of its journey as the heart of Montenegrin culture and orthodoxy. It has been the seat of Montenegrin rulers, a witness to political upheavals, and a bastion of national identity. Its streets and buildings are a chronicle of Montenegro’s tumultuous yet proud history. 

Architectural Marvels The Cetinje Monastery, dating back to the 15th century, stands as a testament to Montenegrin resilience and faith. The Blue Palace, once the royal residence, now serves as the President’s House, showcasing elegant 19th-century design. Biljarda, named after the billiard table of King Nikola, is another historical edifice, now housing part of the National Museum. 

Museums and Art Galleries The National Museum of Montenegro is a conglomerate of museums, including the Historical Museum, Art Museum, and Ethnographic Museum, each offering a unique perspective on Montenegro’s rich artistic and historical tapestry. These institutions house invaluable collections, from medieval artifacts to modern art, telling the story of Montenegro’s cultural evolution. 

The Cetinje Monastery The Monastery is not only a religious site but also a symbol of national pride. It holds relics of great significance, such as the hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the True Cross, making it a pilgrimage site for the Orthodox Christian community and a point of interest for history enthusiasts. 

Cetinje Monastery dating back to the 15th century

Cultural Festivals and Events Cetinje comes alive with its cultural festivals and events, celebrating Montenegrin folk traditions, music, and dance. These events are a vibrant showcase of the country’s heritage, attracting both locals and tourists alike, and offering a glimpse into the soul of Montenegrin culture. A few days ago, the “New Year’s Story in Prijestonica” bazaar was officially opened till January 8, 2024. Organizers announced a lot of concerts with domestic and regional musical stars.  

Nature and Surroundings Lovćen National Park, with its majestic mountain peaks and lush forests, offers a serene escape from the city. The park is not only a natural wonder but also holds cultural significance, housing the Njegoš Mausoleum, a monument to one of Montenegro’s most revered figures, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. 

Mausoleum on top of Mount Lovćen

Culinary Delights Cetinje’s culinary scene is a delightful journey through Montenegro’s gastronomic heritage. The region is famous for its Njeguši cheese and prosciutto, one of the most popular local Montenegrin Produce, a must-try for food lovers. These delicacies, with their unique flavors, embody the fusion of the region’s natural bounty and traditional culinary practices. 

Cetinje, as can be seen from a top Lovćen

A journey to Cetinje is more than just a visit to another city; it’s an immersive dive into the very heart of Montenegro. As you wander its streets, you’ll be enveloped in tales of the nation’s rich history and vibrant present. Each building, every landscape speaks volumes of the country’s journey. While exploring this captivating city, consider enhancing your experience by staying at the CUE Podgorica Hotel, a remarkable accommodation choice that complements the essence of the region. Cetinje’s blend of historical significance and natural splendor makes it an unmissable destination in Montenegro, and the CUE Podgorica Hotel offers the perfect base to discover it all. 

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The Ancient City of Duklja: A Portal to Montenegro's Rich History

Welcome to a journey into the heart of Montenegro’s past. For travelers staying at the CUE Podgorica, a visit to the nearby ancient city of Duklja offers a unique opportunity to explore a significant part of the region’s rich historical tapestry. 

Ruins of Duklja near Podgorica

The Ancient Origins of Duklja

Duklja, originally known as Doclea in Roman times, is a site steeped in history, dating back to the 1st century AD. This city, once a bustling center during the Roman Empire and the early Byzantine period, stood at the confluence of important trade routes, contributing to its prosperity and cultural importance. 

The ruins of Duklja tell a story of a city that has seen the rise and fall of empires. Visitors can explore the remnants of Roman streets, public baths, temples, and necropolises, offering a glimpse into the lives of its ancient inhabitants. 

Remains of Doclea, an ancient Roman city

Roman Influence and Architectural Marvels

The Roman influence on Duklja is evident in its architecture and urban planning. The city’s layout, with its streets, public buildings, and homes, reflects the sophisticated Roman approach to city development. Among the most notable architectural remnants are the complex of public baths, showcasing advanced engineering skills in aqueducts and heating systems. 

The ruins also reveal a blend of pagan and early Christian influences, with temples dedicated to Roman gods existing alongside early Christian symbols and structures. 

Archaeological Discoveries and Cultural Insights

Archaeological excavations in Duklja have brought to light numerous artifacts that offer insights into the daily life, religion, and art of the period. These discoveries include beautifully crafted Roman sculptures, detailed mosaics, and early Christian relics, each telling a story of the cultural and religious diversity of the region. 

One of the key attractions for visitors is the necropolis, a testament to the complex funerary practices and beliefs of the ancient inhabitants. The tombs, with their intricate carvings and inscriptions, provide invaluable information about the social structures and personal lives of those who lived in Duklja. 

Duklja Through the Ages: From Roman Town to Medieval Fortress

The evolution of Duklja from a Roman town to a fortified medieval city highlights the turbulent history of Montenegro. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Duklja experienced periods of Byzantine, Slavic, and eventually, Ottoman influences. Each era left its mark on the city, contributing to its rich historical mosaic. 

Visiting Duklja: A Must-Do for Guests at CUE Hotel

For guests at the CUE Podgorica, a visit to Duklja is both convenient and highly recommended. Just a short drive from the hotel, this historical site is an ideal destination for a day trip. Explore the ancient ruins, immerse yourself in the history of Montenegro, and capture the essence of a bygone era. 

After a day of historical exploration, return to the comfort and modern amenities of the CUE Podgorica. The hotel’s prime location, combined with its luxurious offerings, makes it the perfect base for those looking to delve into Montenegro’s rich past and vibrant present. 

The ancient city of Duklja is a journey through time, offering a glimpse into the layers of history that have shaped Montenegro. For travelers staying at the CUE Podgorica, this historical gem is a must-visit, seamlessly blending the exploration of ancient wonders with contemporary comfort and luxury. Check out the CUE Podgorica offers and book an unforgettable stay today! 

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Savoring Tradition: Announcement of the Third RAKIJA Fest at Hotel CUE Podgorica!

An exciting December for all rakija enthusiasts is coming with the third Rakija Fest, set to take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, in the Grand Room of Hotel CUE Podgorica. 

The unique event organized by Hotel CUE Podgorica promises to captivate visitors from 12 PM to 8 PM. Exhibitors from Montenegro and the region will showcase an impressive array of 120 rakija varieties, some with decades-long traditions. 

This is your opportunity to save the date and join us as we collectively relish products worthy of national acclaim. Tickets for this unforgettable event are available for only 10 euros at The Living Room Lounge & Dining bar. 

Join us at Rakija Fest and explore the richness of flavors and heritage that these traditional beverages carry.  

Hotel CUE Podgorica organizes Rakija Fest with the support of TO Podgorica, Aqua Bianca company and The Capital Plaza center. 

See you in the Grand Room of Hotel CUE Podgorica!  

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Portraits of renowned artists at CUE Podgorica Hotel

The photo exhibition ‘Behind the Face’ by the acclaimed artist Nebojša Babić from Serbia was opened last night at the CUE Podgorica Hotel gallery. Babić presents a wide spectrum of personalities, from actors, artists, musicians to athletes and writers, including Anica Dobra, Voja Brajović, Mirjana Karanović, Sonja Savić, Novak Đoković, Josipa Lisac, Jagoš Marković, Zubin Mehta, Aleksandar Kelić, and many others. 

The exhibition, consisting of 54 photographs, was opened by Dejan Kalezić, founder of the F64 Gallery, the only photo gallery in Montenegro.  

“I wouldn’t speak much about Nebojša’s work because the portraits speak for themselves. What impressed me the most is the individual approach to each portrayed person. Together, we strive to elevate photographic culture to a higher level,” concluded Kalezić. 

Babić’s portraits are special because they reveal the characteristics of each person and depict them in a way that unveils their essence, authenticity, and depth. Each portrait is carefully composed, with a keen focus on light and background. 

“I am happy to have the opportunity to exhibit my photos in Podgorica. Here, I’ve met many wonderful people and colleagues, experiencing the warmth and hospitality. It’s important that these things happen in Montenegro, throughout the region—for us photographers and the art of photography,” emphasized Babić. 

More than half of Babić’s photos that are in CUE Podgorica, this summer were exhibited at the F64 gallery, marking his first solo exhibition in Podgorica. 

We invite all interested people to immerse themselves in Nebojša Babić’s world of portrait art until the end of November at CUE Podgorica Hotel and enjoy the fantastic exhibition, which includes motivational messages and statements from the portrayed personalities. 

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CUE Podgorica Named as Montenegro’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards

CUE Podgorica, a hotel renowned for its dedication to exceptional hospitality, has been honored with the “Montenegro’s Leading Hotel 2023” award at this year’s World Travel Awards.

The prestigious award, known as the “Oscar of the travel industry,” is globally recognized as one of the most significant accolades in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

“This recognition is the culmination of the efforts of our dedicated team that consistently strives for excellence in hospitality. The fact that we are acknowledged as industry leaders inspires us and obliges us to enhance the quality of service. For all these reasons, I must emphasize how proud I am of all the team members at CUE Podgorica,” stated Slavica Stojković, the general manager of CUE Podgorica.

Stojković also highlighted the importance of this recognition, not only for CUE Podgorica but also for the Capital city, considering the competition included hotels from renowned global brands present on the Montenegrin coast.

The World Travel Awards is a prestigious global organization aimed at recognizing and rewarding excellence in all sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. This year’s award ceremony took place in Batumi, Georgia.

Luxury CUE Hotel in Capital Plaza Podgorica
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Walking the Winding Streets of Old Town Kotor

The Old Town of Kotor has always been a remarkable destination, with a history stretching back over two millennia, showing a civilization’s march through time. No visit to Montenegro should go without a visit to Kotor. CUE Podgorica remains the best hotel, haven from which to visit this beautiful country. 

The Genesis of Kotor

Kotor’s name finds its roots in the ancient Greek word “Dekatera,” hinting at the notion of “hot.” Early mentions highlight an “Upper town” and “Lower town”. The former refers to the ancient part perched atop hill St. Ivan, while the latter embodies what we recognize today as Old Town Kotor. 

Dominions and Dynasties: Who Ruled Kotor?

Kotor has borne witness to many hands of power. From the Illyrians, Venetians, Austrians to the French, the influence of these rulers is palpable in its culture and architecture. 

The first torchbearers were the Illyrians around the III and II centuries B.C. However, the Romans left a more indelible mark, establishing their dominance from 168 B.C. to 476 A.D, referring to the town as Akruvijum. The Byzantines then took the baton, renaming the city as Dekaderon till 1185. 

The medieval era ushered in a prosperous phase under the Nemanjić dynasty, turning Kotor into a bustling seaport and bridging connections with the West.  

Kotor, valuing its independence, became a republic from 1391 to 1420. However, fearing Turkish conquest, the Big council of Kotor handed over the reigns to the Venetian Republic. This Venetian era, up until 1797, was tumultuous, marking one of Kotor’s most dramatic chapters. 

Kotor, Montenegro

The 19th century was no less eventful. Austrians and French had their moments of ascendancy. It was the Montenegrin ruler, Petar I Petrović, who in collaboration with the locals, rebelled against the French in 1813, briefly uniting Kotor and Montenegro. However, the union was short-lived, and Austria stamped its authority till 1918. Their century-long reign was fraught with uprisings from the locals. 

Kotorske zidine Starog grada tokom noći

Diverse Historical Attractions of Old town Kotor

Delving into its heart, old town Kotor captivates visitors with its cobblestoned streets. Surrounding the city, ancient walls extend for an impressive 4.5 km, tracing the contours of the town and offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Adriatic below.

1. The Grand Entrances 

Old Town Kotor boasts three majestic gates that welcome visitors. The Sea Gate, reflecting Renaissance-Baroque splendor, stands as a testament to the Venetian reign. While the South Gate, or the Gurdic gate, is the oldest, the north gate immortalizes Kotor’s victory over the renowned Turkish admiral, Barbarosa. 

2. Exploring The Arms Square  

Sat Kula u Starom gradu u Kotoru, Crna Gora

Upon entering through the Sea Gate, visitors are greeted by the expansive Arms Square (Trg od oružja). Once a storehouse for Venetian weaponry, this square now houses prominent structures like the Clock Tower and the Prince’s Palace.  

3. Saint Tryphon Cathedral  

Katedrala Svetog Tripuna u Starom gradu Kotor, Crna Gora

Towering over Saint Tryphon’s Square, this cathedral is a work of art, with frescoes painted by Greek masters. Earthquakes have changed its visage, but it remains a beautiful mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque elements. 

4. Squares That Speak History 

From the Square of Salad, echoing with stories of vegetable trade, to the Boka Naval Square, home to the Maritime Museum nestled within the baroque Grgurina Palace, Kotor’s squares are all uniquely interesting. The Milk Square and the Square of Saint Luka, with its charming Church of Saint Luka, offer serene retreats. 

5. San Giovanni’s fortress, a Stone Sentinel

Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Kotor, the San Giovanni Fortress offers beautiful views of the Adriatic. Stretching over 4.5 kilometers, this fortress serves as a historic sentinel. Don’t miss the church of Our Lady of Health on your climb to the top.

6. Islets of the Adriatic: Kotor’s Day-Trip Destinations 

Ostrva Sveti Đorđe i Gospa od Škrpjela

In the serene waters near Kotor, one finds the enchanting islets of Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela off the coast of Perast. Rich in legends, history, and unparalleled scenic beauty, these islets beckon travelers seeking a deeper connection with the region’s maritime legacy. 

Dvije mačke u Starom gradu u Kotoru.

7. Cats: The Whiskered Ambassadors of Kotor
As you meander through these historic sites, don’t be surprised if you’re joined by some adorable local guides. Almost as photogenic as the landmarks themselves, Kotor’s resident cats are an integral part of the town’s charm. Their presence not only adds a touch of whimsy but underscores the town’s unique character, making them just as worthy of your camera’s attention. 

Wander through the town’s cobbled alleys and squares, and you’re greeted by “The Cats’ Square” (Trg od mačaka), boutique cat stores, and even a museum dedicated to these whiskered denizens. 

The community’s fondness for these cats is palpable. Across the city, one would find food and water laid out for them, and makeshift cardboard abodes ensuring they have a cozy nook to curl up in.  

Charities like Kotor Kitties have sprung up, dedicating themselves to alleviating the hardships faced by these cats. Their initiatives, particularly focusing on spaying and neutering, aim to create a more humane environment for the city’s feline ambassadors. 

Navigating Your Way to Kotor 

Reaching Kotor, the gem of the Adriatic, is a fairly straightforward affair. Situated strategically, the town is linked to the Adriatic Highway, which further connects to both the coastline and the inner territories of Montenegro via the Vrmac Tunnel. If you’re traveling from the inland, you can take a detour from the Adriatic highway at locales like Budva or Sutomore, the latter taking you through the Sozina tunnel. For those keen on scenic routes, there’s an old-world road linking Kotor and Cetinje, offering panoramic views of the Kotor bay. 

Turista pronalazi put do Kotora.

Conclusion 

The Old Town Kotor, with its maze of historical landmarks, offers an insight into Montenegro’s past. For history buffs, architectural enthusiasts, or travelers seeking a beautiful European destination, Kotor promises an unforgettable experience. Book a Stay at CUE Podgorica today and visit this marvel at first chance.